To take stuff “for granted” is to be stagnant. To be stagnant is to survive rather than thrive. If you have allowed yourself to become “bored” with something as common as a blade of grass, then I suggest that you have forgotten much. The blade grows tall, and it absorbs CO2 and expels 02 (which sustains our very existence), and in concert with all of its grass blade friends it provides a habitat for countless bugs, and it appears soothing and beautiful to the humane eye.
The blade remains outdoors all winter and then “wakes up” in the spring (can you stand naked on the front lawn all winter?). Indeed, a blade of grass is a miracle. How about some gratitude for schools, stores, roadways, cars, music, books, television, movies, etc.?!
Now put on your “Maximum Strength Parent” hat, close your eyes, and consider the miracle that is a child breathing, digesting, seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, touching, walking, exploring, swinging, jumping, climbing, running, skipping, attending, solving, questioning, pondering, laughing, crying, wanting, waiting, helping, fearing, anticipating, having pride, accomplishing, and being happy.
- There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein
- In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind, there are few. “Beginner’s Mind” is the open mind, the ability to see things always as fresh and new, it is the wisdom that is seeking for wisdom. It is needed in all aspects of life. –Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Master
- I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have, than to have things I am not able to appreciate. – Elbert Hubbard
- All Is a miracle. – Voltaire
- To fully live, you can’t afford, to “take for granted” and be bored. – Andrew Vaughan